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Former Country Flag-Shape Picture Quiz

Can you guess each former country based on a combination of its flag and shape?
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Last updated: January 24, 2021
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First submittedSeptember 5, 2020
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+23
Level 51
Sep 10, 2020
Why did you decide have the Ottoman Empire at that size, instead of its largest extent?
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Level 77
Sep 11, 2020
I don't know.
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Level 64
Jan 24, 2021
Fair enough lol
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Level 55
Jan 26, 2021
Why is this so hilarious to me?
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Level 79
Feb 10, 2021
According to this video, the version of the Ottoman Empire on this quiz seems to be from the late 19th century to early 20th century? I'm not quite sure
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Level 77
Mar 16, 2021
:D
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Level 53
Sep 23, 2021
According to Wikimedia Commons, it's from 1900.

The Empire at its largest extent is here.

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Level 78
Jul 19, 2022
That map was deleted for being unreliable and lacking educational value...
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Level 64
Nov 16, 2022
Technically this map is impossible, or at best only accurate for a few hours, because it does not include Bulgaria but does include Bosnia, while in reality Bulgaria gained its independence on 5 October 1908, and Austria-Hungary annexed Bosnia on the same day. Not a great day for the Ottomans, I think we can all agree.

So I suspect what happened here is that the map is actually from somewhere around 1900, and the map makers made the choice to exclude Bulgaria, which was still nominally a semi-automonous part of the Ottoman Empire at that point, but already de facto independent.

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Level 52
Oct 16, 2020
These aren't all former. Scotland is a country.
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Level 55
Nov 10, 2020
yes i was thinking exactly that
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Level 89
Jan 23, 2021
Tell me how that Scottish passport works again?
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Level 88
Jan 24, 2021
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom

Scotland really is a seperate country within the UK

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Level 56
Mar 16, 2021
wow, but they are not independent like they used to be several centuries ago
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Level 71
Mar 16, 2021
Give Nicola Sturgeon a few more months to get it done
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Level 36
Oct 9, 2023
lol that worked out well
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Level 57
Nov 23, 2023
give humza some time
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Level 54
Mar 16, 2021
That's if she's still in a job
+38
Level 82
Jan 24, 2021
It's a region called a country.
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Level 76
Jan 24, 2021
It's more like a country you're trying to turn into a region :)
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Level 64
Jan 24, 2021
England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland aren't technically countries (depsite the fact that every Englishman says England is a country, every Scotsman says Scotland is country, every Welshman says Wales is a country and every Northern Irishman says Northern Ireland is a country). England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland do not have seperate seats at the UN for example we are all part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Please stop pretending that Scotland is being somehow victimised! Have a good day.
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Level 36
Oct 9, 2023
taiwan isnt at the un either but thats still on jetpunk
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Level 68
Nov 9, 2023
Scotland IS being victimised - but by England, not by Jetpunk. Go get your independence!
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Level 63
Mar 4, 2021
If you want to argue about that come to my debate page!
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Level 54
Mar 16, 2021
Not sure every Northern Irish person would say Northern Ireland is a country!
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Level 53
Sep 23, 2021
I am English but don't describe it as a country.
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Level 77
Mar 9, 2021
Scotland is not a sovereign country but a part of the United Kingdom.
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Level 29
Mar 16, 2021
It's a constituent country!
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Level 55
Jun 28, 2022
Not independent though.
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Level 58
Mar 16, 2021
Scotland is the United Kingdom's equivalent of a US state. Or so I think
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Level 68
Mar 18, 2021
Planet Hollywood is a planet.
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Level 46
Aug 22, 2022
Scotland is not a country...

It's a part of the United Kingdom. Not an own country. Get your facts right, man.

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Level 15
Nov 22, 2023
Scotland isn't a country, it's a kingdom, such as England, Northern Ireland, and Wales, which is why they're in the United KINGDOM
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Level 68
Jan 23, 2021
Congrats on the feature Kolji!
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Level 77
Jan 24, 2021
Thanks :)
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Level 88
Jan 24, 2021
Please, more of this! This is great :)
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Level 70
Jan 24, 2021
Just one tiny detail: you emptied out all of Berlin from East Germany, but East Berlin should be part of it.
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Level 74
Jan 24, 2021
I don't really see Z***e fitting here. How is it different from adding Swaziland if eSwatini changed its flag? I mean, is there anything besides a name change?
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Level 85
Jan 24, 2021
It was a change of government: the fall of the dictatorship of Mobutu Sese Seko, and its replacement with a government led by Laurent Kabila.
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Level 82
Jan 24, 2021
Change of government, not a new country.
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Level 75
Mar 16, 2021
Not a new country. The borders remain exactly the same.
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Level 76
Jan 25, 2021
Meh, must be an inclusion thing.
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Level 68
Mar 18, 2021
I kinda agree. I did get it right, but it's not a different country, it's the same country under a new name and regime.
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Level 76
Jan 24, 2021
Really, really interesting and cool quiz! Maybe the yellow box would be appropriate here?
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Level 77
Jan 24, 2021
Thanks Jerry :) I agree, the yellow box would be appropriate.
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Level 56
Jan 25, 2021
Nice quiz! A quick question, what's the difference between Zaire and DRC? I thought that Zaire was renamed to DRC but here Zaire is shown as a former country.

(I am not pointing out that it should be changed but I genuinely want to know)

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Level 59
Mar 16, 2021
Zaire was under the leadership of Joseph Mobutu, also known as Mobutu Sese Seko, after a coup d'etat in 1965, and he sought to Africanize the country, forcing citizens to change their names to more traditional African names. So basically, Zaire was a dictatorship under Seko until it eventually fell in 1997 and renamed back to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Democratic_Republic_of_the_Congo#:~:text=Mobutu%20remained%20the%20head%20of,Democratic%20Republic%20of%20the%20Congo.

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Level 75
Mar 16, 2021
And it's still the same country.
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Level 84
Jan 25, 2021
It's just me, or that panhandle from the 5th map looks like a gun drawn and shot to the skies?
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Level 77
Feb 1, 2021
haha. fitting.
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Level 28
Jan 28, 2021
This is hard
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Level 67
Feb 2, 2021
Make this a series! This quiz was so much fun!
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Level 84
Feb 8, 2021
Great idea. Really enjoyed this one.
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Level 74
Mar 16, 2021
Some of these flags are really cool, especially Tibet. Most of the shapes I was familiar with, but there were a few I had to zoom in and look at more closely.
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Level 74
Mar 16, 2021
Wonderful idea. Thank you so much for making this quiz!
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Level 38
Mar 16, 2021
if you gonna have Scotland s a country, then you kinda need England and Wales
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Level 58
Oct 19, 2022
You really don’t though.
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Level 62
Mar 16, 2021
Fun quiz! I agree, though, that I wouldn't call Zaire a "former country." It just changed its name and flag. Burma, for example, isn't a "former country."
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Level 55
Mar 16, 2021
What exactly is the pattern of those stars on the Vermont flag?
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Level 39
Mar 16, 2021
Scotland is a country - one of four that makes up the United Kingdom/ Britain. The flag still exists and remains valid. Scots person here - don't want to get into a debate but it's very much a country in its own right. As are our neighbours, England, Northern Ireland and Wales.
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Level 62
Mar 17, 2021
I'm Scottish, and I consider the UK to be the country, not Scotland.

If an eastern Moldovan insisted that their country was "Transnistria", would we respect that in the same way? Or Chechnya, etc.

Having said that, we can use the term "country" a bit loosely, so there doesn't need to be a big debate about it.

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Level 68
Mar 18, 2021
I would really like to know who it is that keeps insisting that "Scotland is a country". I suspect that it's not Scottish people, who very likely know better than that. Maybe disgruntled Brits who fear for the future of the United Kingdom? Or just assorted nit-pickers from around the world who happen to all be wrong?
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Level 74
Mar 26, 2022
Scotland is a country: a constituent country. It used to be a sovereign country, but no longer. This quiz is only interested in sovereign countries.
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Level 68
Nov 9, 2023
There could be an argument that Scotland is a "constituent country", if you agree that this is not the same thing as being a "country" (which is what this quiz is about).
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Level 77
Mar 16, 2021
Neither Vermont nor Texas were actual, undisputed, countries.
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Level 85
Mar 16, 2021
If there is a requirement to be undisputed, then Israel isn't a country. Texas should definitely qualify. It had control of its territory, foreign relations with several large states, and was recognized as an independent nation by a few major powers.

Vermont is trickier, but I would still say they qualify as independent as they were definitely a sovereign state, and they had full control of their territory.

What I will say is that I think Texas's borders should be reduced to what they actually controlled, which was a much smaller part entirely within Texas's modern borders.

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Level 65
Mar 16, 2021
Couldn't agree more.
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Level 77
Mar 18, 2021
One could argue that a country is actual when it’s recognized by the one that’s ceding the territory. Israel’s territory was ceded by UK, who had the mandate of Palestine, and that’s why Israel has a seat at the United Nations. Mexico didn’t recognize the Republic of Texas, the territory was transfered to USA after the Mexican-American war.

I think that Texas was a “country” for 10 years during the 19th century as much as Crimea was a “country” for a couple of days in 2014: both had control of its territories and were recognized by a major power. But the end-game for both so-called republics was to be annexed by the big neighbor next door.

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Level 70
Mar 26, 2021
I think it's a bit more complex than just saying that if the country ceding the territory doesn't recognize it then it's not a country. For example Japan ceded the territory that is now North Korea after WW2 and it currently doesn't recognize North Korea. Not only that but it is likely that at some point in the future North Korea will no longer continue to exist. Despite that I think we can all agree that North Korea is, unfortunately for everyone but the Kims, an independent country.
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Level 66
Mar 16, 2021
This title shows just how far Jetpunk has gone.
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Level 57
Mar 16, 2021
Why would you include Scotland as a "former country"? It is a country.
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Level 68
Mar 18, 2021
It's a "country of the UK", which is not a country in the internationally accepted sense of the word which is oh! so clearly! used in this quiz. The word "country" translates to "Land" in German - would you argue that Bavaria and the Saarland are countries? Is "Flavour Country" a country ? Is "Country Kitchen Buffet"?
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Level 69
Mar 16, 2021
Zaire was just renamed from and later back to DRC, it wasn't a different country
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Level 64
Aug 17, 2021
Its a former country. Size matters not.
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Level 76
Mar 18, 2021
excellent quiz thanks
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Level 40
Mar 21, 2021
please accept ''USSR'' for Soviet Union
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Level 53
Apr 2, 2021
It does
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Level 67
Apr 20, 2021
Great idea for a quiz. I was convinced the yellow and red was Catalonia, tried loads of different spellings/ ways to type it.
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Level 39
Apr 26, 2021
I think it needs yellow box
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Level 60
Sep 23, 2021
A similar but more diverse quiz here:

https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/1306568/geographical-shapes

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Level 60
Oct 9, 2021
Please accept Roman for Holy Roman Empire! Gran Colombia was easy if you zoomed in on the flag, lol.
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Level 64
Jan 23, 2022
Accept North German Confederation for Prussia (I would normally type Prussia but I want to be that guy who asks for more type-ins today)
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Level 77
Jan 26, 2022
No.
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Level 58
Oct 19, 2022
Fair enough lol
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Level 53
Feb 23, 2022
isnt zaire literally just drc before they changed their name?
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Level 58
Oct 19, 2022
They got a new government. But I guess.
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Level 58
Feb 26, 2022
Vermont DLC?
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Level 53
Mar 29, 2022
Zaire is just DRC before they changed the name.
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Level 57
May 25, 2022
Croatia's coastline is visible on both Austria-Hungary and Yugoslavia and it's too noticeable for me to not mention.
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Level 50
Jun 4, 2022
You should do a sequel to this!
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Level 48
Apr 17, 2023
I was literally about to say this too lol
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Level 58
Oct 19, 2022
Can you accept New Granada for Gran Colombia?
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Level 56
Nov 9, 2023
Nueva Granada and Gran Colombia were not the same territory.
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Level 66
Nov 2, 2022
Please accept Preussen or Preußen. As it's the original german name of Prussia.
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Level 77
Nov 5, 2022
In German version.
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Level 75
Jan 10, 2023
All things aside, Zaire had a damn cool and unique flag.
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Level 58
Feb 21, 2023
I can't believe I forgot Zaire...
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Level 28
Jun 16, 2023
Got Vermont literally on an accident. XD
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Level 49
Sep 25, 2023
Can you add West Germany or Nazi Germany
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Level 50
Nov 9, 2023
It is best that we remember Nazi Germany forever but not include it in our quizzes as it has no place on a site like this.
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Level 54
Nov 9, 2023
the Austria-Hungary flag is wrong. Austria-Hungary did not have a single national flag as it was two nations bound together by a monarchy. the flag commonly (and incorrectly) used is the civil ensign. this is because sometime in 2003 someone on wikipedia made that the flag and it has since spread across the web.
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Level 16
Nov 14, 2023
That was so hard
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Level 16
Nov 14, 2023
I agree
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Level 15
Nov 18, 2023
THE LAST QUIZ I TOOK BEFORE LEVEL 15!!!
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Level 56
Jan 22, 2024
Can't believe I didn't see South Vietnam.
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Level 45
Mar 17, 2024
Most of the (former) countries I got were from the shapes.
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Level 55
Mar 19, 2024
This quiz needs more Tannu Tuva